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Lawmakers rap Amtrak for IG dismissal

Report by House and Senate Republicans finds agency broke the law by failing to first notify Congress.

EADS says tanker's flight test should help contract bid

Statement is the latest in a prolonged campaign of advertisements, news releases and public statements by two global competitors for what could be a $50 billion deal.

Bill to curb secret Senate holds could get vote soon

Measure is expected to be introduced as an amendment to defense authorization legislation.

From Nextgov.com: GSA grants dozens of agencies deadline exceptions for Networx

More than 40 agencies have until August 2011 to file plans to transition to the new telecommunications services.

Hiring reform makes headway

Agencies are working hard to bring people on board faster and increase manager buy-in, officials say.

Secretary Gates called reforms the result of “very intense effort.”

New rules aim to rein in Defense spending

Guidance to acquisition staff will affect how the Pentagon spends $400 billion annually on weapons and services.

Obama expected to send nominations back

Renominating the officials is necessary because Republicans opposed an agreement that would have kept them pending on the Senate calendar.

Air Force secretary: 'Make hard choices now'

Michael Donley advises service leaders not to get "over-extended" in programs they cannot afford.

House GOP presses Democrats on spending

Republicans want to reduce spending to fiscal 2008 levels; Democrats oppose the proposal, pointing to a study that shows the cuts would be the deepest in recent history.

Commanders urged to think local in Afghan contracting

Memo indicates that contracts could be going to unscrupulous firms and says officials must do a better job of following the money.

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